As someone who looks at weddings day in and day out by the hundreds, I love when a wedding surprises me. When a bride or a groom is so giddy, so inspired, so ready to make the journey of planning a wedding all about the fun, well I always smile a little bit bigger. As is the case with this next beauty. A day inspired by the movie 500 Days of Summer with DIY for days and a bride that just can’t stop grinning. I love that. Oh and I can’t forget to mention the stunning photographs by our sweet friendĀ Chelsea Nicole of which there are tons more right here!


From the Bride… It was hard for me to explain the ideas that have been swirling around in my head for a year. I couldn’t even describe my wedding in words. I was holding on to a feeling that I wanted to be openly felt by all our wedding guests. As I was walking down the aisle to the Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” everything just clicked. The wedding was largely based on the 500 Days of Summer movie (I mean, duh, I did base our song selection on the movie soundtrack). After being pronounced husband and wife, we were showered with bubbles by our guests. It’s like we were doing a touch-down dance to Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days are Over.” This was my favorite memory of the day.

I’m a bit of a control freak and as a graphic designer, I set out to set the tone for the day, from invitations to escort cards. So when my mom brought back 200 photo clips and collapsible toys from the Philippines, I flipped out. We never discussed this, and I was already working on my s’mores kit (complete with heart-shaped marshmallows)! I have a soft spot for my mommy though, and I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I didn’t want to use these cute little favors. She spent so much time personalizing each favor with our names, wedding date and drawings. Everyone was so excited about them! Not to be outdone, I did force one of my bridesmaids who flew in all the way from Japan (thanks, Ai!) to help me stuff, label and staple each of my s’mores kits. Some things are just better together…

My advice for other brides would be to start an “inspiration” folder. Whenever I came across something that touched me (wedding-related or not), I filed it away. Who knows? You might use it for something unexpected one day.

Wedding Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Wedding Venue: Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada / Floral Design: Enchanted Florist / Catering: Wolfgang Puck Springs Preserve / Heart-Shaped Marshmallows: Madyson’s Marshmallows / Paper Goods: DIY by the Bride / DJ/MC: DJ Harry O / Photo Booth: Shutterbooth / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven via Little White Dress / Bride’s Hairpiece: Lo Boheme / Hair + Makeup: Francesca Lombardo of Bobbie Pin Beauty / Suits: J.Crew / Bow Ties: Me and Matilda + The Belle and The Beau

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